Once you have selected the type of shade to fit
your requirements, you can then go on to choose the fabric design. In
the case of the Caravita range of large sunshades, you have the widest
selection of designs that any supplier of sunshades can possibly
1. Choosing the material
You have three excellent types of fabric to choose
from when deciding on the covering of your sunshade:
A. Acrylic awning fabric (also referred to as
Dolan or LeAcryl) - an especially hardwearing material that has proven
successful over many years on all awnings. This characteristic fabric
is a favorite for use above all on private premises, with excellent
colors that come into full effect on both sides of the cloth.
Acrylic awning material is extremely tough,
absolutely weather-resistant and virtually waterproof in rainfall of
up to 300 mm. It is also color-fast and cannot rot. The impregnation
is dirt-repelling and protects against mildew or mould stains. These
fabric coverings are easy to remove and can be cleaned in a washing
machine at 30oC or by a commercial cleaning firm.
Tentex is an acrylat-coated polyester fabric, which
should not be confused with other non-coated types of polyester
offered as sunshade covering material.
Tentex is characterized by its hard-wearing design
and resistance to tearing. For this reason, it has been in use for
many years both as a sunshade covering and - in the camping sector -
as a material for caravan awnings. It is of course absolutely
weather-resistant, fast-fast, waterproof (rainfall of up to 500 mm)
and will not rot. Coverings of this type are easy to remove and can be
washed at 30oC, or hosed down with a high-pressure water
jet while still on the frame.
Its high degree of water resistance makes Tentex especially popular
for commercial use, where it is also important to be able to apply
bright colors to the outer face of the covering fabric (although the
colors appear less bright on the inside).
Die technical advantage of PVC as shade covering
material is unquestionable. Its very hardwearing, absolutely
waterproofed and durable. Especially the cleaning of the coverings
will not cause problems even after years. But the smooth surface of
this fabric doesn't show any textile character. So the plastic look of
such shades may not be pleasant to everybody.
2. Choosing the flounce
The flounce you choose has an important influence on
the general appearance of your sunshade, as you will have seen in the
illustrations on the previous pages. The flounce is available in the
three different formats:
1. No flounce
2. Straight flounce
3. Undulating flounce
3. Wind cowl or cover
If the shade you have chosen has an area of more
than ten square meters, it may be necessary to equip it with a wind
cowl. A wind cowl, or cover, not only functions as a
wind-reduction device, but also adds an extra touch of distinction to
the appearance of your sunshade.
You can order any of our models with a wind cowl.
(This item is supplied as standard on models in our Sunbeam and
The wind cover, which differs from the wind cowl on
account of the additional rod section, can be ordered for both the
Bajazzo and Riviera models. The Belvedere is always supplied with a
wind cover fitted as standard..
Now that you have chosen the material, it is time
to select a color from the Tentex or acrylic color chart. The color
you choose will be used to make the entire sunshade covering, although
you may - if you wish - also opt for a customized combination of
different colors. (See section 6 for further details).
5. Trim strip
The edges of the sunshade cover are trimmed with a strip of
material, where you can also select a color in harmony with the rest
of the covering. If you do not specify a particular trim color, we
will select a suitably matching tone for you.